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10/16 Oakland Film Fest closing night party

Posted by novoscene on October 16, 2008

Just as the Oakland International Film Fest is one of “The Town”‘s best-kept secrets, so, too is Kev Choice. But not for long.  An Oakland native who’s played with Too $hort, Lauryn Hill, and Lyrics Born, and leads his own 10-piece band-the Kev Choice Ensemble-Choice has received props for his cutting-edge mix of conscious hip-hop, jazz, classical, funk, and soul, while the East Bay Express dubbed him “The East Bay’s Most Multi-Talented Musician” in its annual Best Of The East Bay edition.

Tonight after checking out the OIFF closing night documentary, (The new Public Enemy documentary the we know every one’s going to) be sure to head over to the Uptown for the closing night party, hosted by Choice and featuring the Kev Choice Ensemble, famed DJ Davey D and crowd favorite Ant Marshall.  This event marks the Oakland debut of “Emergence,” a live performance series created by Choice to spotlight some of the Bay’s hottest and freshest musical talent, as well as debut new works and preview selections from his upcoming debut CD, The Broken Mold.
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8/14 All the Fabolous That Can Fit On Screen

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2008

The Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival kicks off four days of fabulosity tonight with a screening of the 1975 Diana Ross vehicle “Mahogany” that while not technically a “Gay” film gets props among the LGBT crowd for Madame Ross’ shear onstage ferocity and impeccable style (last year’s official selection was the Wiz).  Through Sunday, catch some of the best in queer and queer friendly cinema, some of which you’d be hard pressed to see anywhere else.  I guess, to paraphrase Joseph Beam, black lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds loving other lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds is still considered a revolutionary act.

Some of the festival standouts include Hanifah Walidah’s Music Video “U People” and a peak at “Shirts and Skins” chronicling the exploits of the first gay basketball team, located where else but San Francisco.  Screenings take place at the Parkway with afterparties every night at various locals.  Check the website for full details.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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